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7 accused in Rohtak Nepali woman rape and murder case sentenced to death

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NEW DELHI — An Indian court on Monday sentenced seven men to death after they were indicted the rape and murder of a Nepali woman suffering from mental illness, reports said.

Rohtak Court announced death by hanging to 7 accused in the case. A minor accused in the case is being tried in a juvenile court while a ninth suspect had committed suicide earlier.

After hearing arguments over the quantum of punishment, additional district and sessions judge Seema Singhal also imposed a fine of Rs 1.75 lakh each on the convicts, Padam, Pawan, Sunil, Sarwar, Rajesh, Sunil and Manbir, all in their twenties.

“Besides a judicial officer, I am also a human being and can hear the cry of the victim. Women are still facing crime and discrimination from males in our society and we still see gender bias in our system, but the judgment should send a strong message to the people and that is the need of the hour,” justice Singhal said.

A 28-year-old Nepali woman staying with her sister in Rohtak went missing on February 1. She was receiving treatment for mental illness at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences. Her mutilated body was found on February 4; the post-mortem report said pieces of condom and a stick was also found in her private parts. Her head had been bashed in, her private part; rectum and anus were all ruptured.

When the body was discovered, its two hands and left half of the body were missing.

“I got relief from the court’s decision, but the soul of my sister will rest in peace when the accused will be hanged to death,” the victim’s sister said after the verdict.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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